Nina Marie Corona, M.A., C.R.S.

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It's Black or White

I painted a picture recently of a guy balancing between two worlds -- good and evil.  One of my professors asked something like:  "Is there nothing in between?  The guy's gonna either fall into heaven or hell?"  Ha!  Good question for today's society which rarely considers either to be a reality.  Maybe I'll have to paint a new one that might resonate more clearly, but it's not going to be easy because society is convinced that anything goes, and there are no consequences.  What is the line that divides good and evil?  If you can't envision that, then surely we can all agree that there is a line that divides right and wrong.  Or can we?

Do you see a clear line between what is right and what is wrong?  Is that even important anymore?  You might be amazed at how many people dismiss the Ten Commandments as an archaic set of rules that simply don't apply to today's culture.  And we're certainly seeing the effects of that dismissal.  So where then do you turn to discover (without a doubt) what is right and what is wrong?  Dr. Phil?  Oprah?  Your friend?  It's something to think about because if we are not clear or concerned about right and wrong, then we're living in a state of meaninglessness.  And we're feeling the pain of it.  I paint a lot of black and white paintings.  So my professor may well have asked:  "Is there nothing in between black and white?"  Sure, there are gray areas -- and they are just that -- fuzzy, vague areas that do not offer any type of clarity.

I hate to be the one to break it to you, but there is black and there is white.  There is good and there is evil.  There is truth and there are lies.  There is light and there is darkness.  It takes effort to be on either side, and none of it is easy.  In fact, it seems to get harder every day.  But I believe with all my heart that "the good side" is worth fighting for.  I don't want to live in world of darkness; of gray areas; of evil.  I want to live in the light.  It's not easy, but it's worth the struggle.  We need direction; we need community; we need to stick together to fight the good fight.

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